Steve: Saints offense wins the day, players anxious for contact
The Saints defense struggled today according to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. He said that the offense was rolling out there on the practice field, and that the effort wasn’t their best.
Ryan also touched on cornerback Patrick Robinson who is coming back this season after suffering a season ending knee injury in week 2 a year ago. P-Rob is running and cutting well, while competing for the #2 CB job opposite Keenan Lewis. His main competition is Corey White and Champ Bailey. Ryan added that White is a very smart, talented guy who can play multiple positions.
Rob Ryan’s hair is also a talking point for many folks and he admitted that is has gotten a bit too long and needs a hair-cut. Relax, locks lovers… I’m sure it will be just a trim.
It’s no secret the Black and Gold are trying to improve the run game this year and become a more balanced offense. RB Mark Ingram is entering a contract year now that the Saint opted not to pick up the 5th year of his rookie option and has high expectations for himself. He feels getting more touches allows him to get into a “rhythm” running the ball and is a key to his success.
Meanwhile fellow tailback Pierre Thomas is the leader of the RB corp as he enters his 8th season as a Saint. “It’s a blessing to be on the same team for 8 years”. PT said. “I’m happy to be where I’m at, it keeps myself grounded. I just got to keep grinding.”
Thomas also says he is very aware that the team is stocked full of talented backs, but plans on making it tough on all of them to take touches away from him. PT seems extra eager to bring it this year.
And with tomorrow’s practice being the first time players will be in pads, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks says that the linemen are all looking forward to clashing. There’s been a lot of smack talk and now it’s time to see who can back it up.